Indian Head Massage

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Indian Head Massage is a relaxing holistic treatment that uses acupressure massage on the head, face, neck and shoulders.  It aims to rebalance your body's energies.

What is Indian head massage?


Indian head massage is a complementary therapy, that has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. In India, massage is a part of everyday family life and the techniques have been passed down from generation to generation. It is the usual practice that while visiting the barber’s shop in India, a customer would also receive an Indian Head Massage. It is also incorporated into special rituals such as weddings and births.


Indian head massage involves working on the head, neck and shoulder areas and was originally used to improve scalp and hair condition. Various pressures and techniques are used during a treatment, including circular massage strokes on your scalp, deep tissue work on your shoulders, and stretching the neck.

Indian head massage is being incorporated into patient care by the NHS.  Click on the link to an interesting article in the Nursing Times detailing how IHM is benefitted patients on an acute mental health ward and the physical and psychological benefits noted from the studies carried out. Click Here.

Benefits of Indian head massage


This form of massage focuses on the three higher "chakras" known as the Crown Chakra, Brow Chakra and Throat Chakra (If you follow your IHM with a 30 minutes Reiki session, the remaining chakras will be worked on which will aim to bring the whole body into balance).


Whilst Indian head massage is deeply relaxing, this treatment offers all kinds of other benefits too. It may relieve aches, pains and tension in your neck, back and shoulders and by stimulating the hair follicles it is believed to improve hair texture and increase hair growth.


Indian Head Massage may also help with:


  1.   Stress, tension, fatigue

  2.   Insomnia

  3.   Headaches, migraine

  4.   Sinusitis

  5.   Joint mobility/flexibility in the neck and shoulders

  6.   Circulation

Your Appointment


For your massage, please wear loose-fitting clothing so that you don't feel restricted or uncomfortable. Also, try not to wear too many layers (Ladies, a singlet is ideal so that the top straps and bra straps can easily be moved out of the way.  A sports bra that cross over at the back is not a good idea as it cannot be easily moved).  During your massage,  your neck, shoulders and your upper back will be worked on, so a high neck top is also not a good idea.


Indian head massage is kind to hair; it is not kind to hair-dos. Remove any hair bands, clips or slides before you go in, and if you are booking a hair appointment, do so for the day after.


Bear in mind as well that you may wish to bring a brush, "Alice" or other hair band with you to make yourself look respectable on your way home, or back at work.




As with any treatment it is important to tell your therapist in advance if you:


  • are, or think you might be, pregnant

  • have any medical conditions or are receiving any treatment or medication

  • have recently had an injury or operation

  • are allergic to anything, particularly skin allergies

  • have any broken skin or sores on your scalp


as this may affect the treatment you receive.


Indian Head Massage should be avoided if you have:


  1.  Had recent surgery

  2.  A head or neck injury

  3.  A history of thrombosis or embolism

  4.  Spondylitis or spondylosis

  5.  High or low blood pressure

  6.  Diabetes

  7.  Any kind of heart condition

  8.  Cancer

  9.  Osteoporosis


If any of the above apply, you must seek medical approval from your GP/Consultant for the treatment to go ahead, prior to booking an Indian Head Massage.


What to expect from an Indian head massage?


A complete Indian head massage will take approximately 45 minutes (please allow an hour for your appointment time). Lorna will chat with you beforehand to get an idea of your lifestyle, any particular aches, pains or ailments you have. She may ask you if you are having any medical treatments or taking medicines, as this might affect what type of pressure and technique.


Some of the massage techniques will be quite firm and you may find the sensations a little odd but it will feel really relaxed and serene afterwards. The results are worth it.


Hot tip!


Get this treatment combined with a Reiki session for an even deeper relaxation and energy balancing:

Indian Head Massage with Usui Reiki Healing     - Appointment Time 1 1/2 hours

Indian Head Massage with Crystal Reiki Healing - Appointment Time 2 hours


You should not find a head massage painful.  If you have any worries about a massage, please speak to Lorna in advance and notify her at any stage of the massage if you feel uncomfortable.




After an Indian head massage, you will most likely feel great and very relaxed.

However some people experience tiredness, dizziness, increased urination (as the body gets rid of toxins and waste materials) or aching muscles. Side effects usually last for no more than a few hours, after which people generally experience increased energy and alertness.

Bookings and Fees

For more information on treatment prices and to book your appointment please click here.

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